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Perfect White Rice

This recipe can be used to make basmati rice and brown rice, too. To cook brown rice, increase the amount of water to 2 1/4 cups and the cooking time to 30 to 40 minutes; check rice after 30 minutes.

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  • Servings: 4
Perfect White Rice

Source: Everyday Food: Great Food Fast


  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup unconverted white rice


  1. Bring 1 3/4 cups water and salt to a rapid boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir rice into boiling water. Return mixture to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer.

  2. Cover; cook without lifting lid to prevent steam from escaping until rice is done (15 to 20 minutes; check toward end of cooking time). The rice should be studded with steam holes when done.

  3. Let stand, covered, 5 to 10 minutes, then fluff rice with a fork.

Reviews (1)

  • sugar924 2 Apr, 2008

    For brown rice, 2 1/4 cups of water is too much. 2 cups is plenty. I tried making it with 2 1/4 cups and after 40 minutes, there was still water in the pot. I cooked it an additional 10 minutes but it still turned out mushy and water logged.

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